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My Report Card

My Report Card
by Gary Woods

Just before I left on vacation I wrote a column called "What To Take" and in it I told you I'd let you know how all my electronics performed on the road. To re-fresh your memory what we took was 2 iPhone 4Ss, a full sized iPad, an iPad Mini, the ZTE WiFi Hot Spot, 2 Zagg Sparq 6000s, a travel power strip and appropriate cables for all of those devices.

The portable power strip was great because outlets in hotel rooms and onboard ship are always at a premium so it allowed me to charge 5 devices using just one outlet. But, the real star of the show was the Zagg Sparq 6000s. They functioned as universal chargers for the iPhones, iPad Mini and the ZTE Hot Spot. Unfortunately the 6000 would only partially charge the full-sized iPad to about 90% so I threw an Apple iPad charger in my bag and that got us to a 100% charge.

The 6000s serve 2 purposes however. When you plug them into a power source they work as a pass through to charge your devices but when they're removed from the wall you can throw a switch on the device and it will pump power back into whatever needs charging.

I told you last week about being in a 100 year flood in Calgary but what I didn't mention was that the day after we landed the power went out in the downtown area so the Zagg Sparq 6000s saved the day keeping our cell phones charged allowing us to stay in touch with the outside world.

The other devices like the iPhones and iPads did what they always do allowing us to communicate via voice and data and keeping us entertained. I particularly liked the iPad Mini on the ship and I really loved it on the long flight from Anchorage to San Francisco. Those 4 hours pretty much zipped by while I watched a 3 hour plus movie then did some crossword puzzles and light reading.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc